Peter MacKinnon is a management consultant and academic. His consultancy practice is global in scope and focusses on strategic management issues associated with government policies and programs, business formation, corporate development and change management. One of his current academic areas of interest is the interface between engineering and business; in particular the roles played by disruptive technologies and disruptive business models within organisations and political economy more generally.
He has a professional background built on a wide range of experiences derived from holding positions as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor and academic. He seeks to make a positive difference in all of his undertakings.
His experience spans the globe and includes working for a wide range of public and private organisations in many countries (e.g., Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, ‘Hong Kong’, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States, among others). He represented Canada at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris for five years, were he served on the Information, Computer, and Communications Policy (ICCP) Committee (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ecic-ceac.nsf/eng/gv00484.html). He also has served in an advisory capacity on numerous occasions to a diverse range of organisations in various countries, such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Aspen Institute, and Cray Laboratories in the United States; the Ministry of Finance and National Bank of Brazil; The National Formulary of China; a technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization, Geneva; and the Australian Department of Communications, for example.
He has written many technical papers, invited opinion pieces, business plans, product strategies, and business and academic proposals, the latter resulting in the raising of hundreds of millions of dollars. He works with diverse groups of stakeholders in a number of economic sectors (e.g., healthcare, supply chain management, natural resources, education, security and defence, and manufacturing and services) and across many cultural environments. In addition, he works with and serves on Boards, including currently serving on the Board of Directors of National Capital FreeNet, one of the oldest not-for-profit internet service providers in North America (www.ncf.ca).
Peter has been involved in creating and nurturing technology-based start-ups and in assisting a variety of small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) across several industry sectors in areas such as corporate development. This assistance covers many aspects of starting new companies and in addressing many business issues such as crafting and updating business plans, product plans, creating and managing strategic and tactical alliances, fund raising, executive mentoring and recruitment of key staff, among other activities.
Peter also has been involved in public policy development, delivery and evaluation for many years. For example, Peter has been seconded to the Government of Canada on two occasions through the Executive Interchange Program. The first secondment was to the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, a central agency, as the Special Advisor for Advanced Information Technologies and the second secondment was through Foreign Affairs and International Trade as Counsellor and Special Advisor Investment at the Canadian High Commission in London, United Kingdom. Both these two year appointments afforded a wide range of high-level government and government/industry experience. He also has been a long-time member of the Bacon and Eggheads Breakfast Club within the Parliament of Canada (www.pagse.org/en/breakfasts.htm) and the Foresight Synergy Network, a joint academic and public policy discussion group (see for example http://sites.telfer.uottawa.ca/foresight/jack-smith/ and associated tabs). Both these social networks deal with strategic issues facing society.
Peter is a confident speaker and a well-honed writer. He lectures widely and publishes in several fields in addition to carrying on scholarly reviews of academic papers for journal publication and proposal reviews for organisations such as Mitacs (www.mitacs.ca) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, for instance.
As an example of an academic project, Peter started a large University of Ottawa investigation, including raising private funding, to investigate the demise of Nortel. This led to a multi-faculty team that worked for six years seeking lessons learned from Nortel’s business failure. See (sites.telfer.uottawa.ca/nortelstudy/) for reports and media coverage of the study to date.